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A breadbasket (sense 1) containing loaves of bread

From bread +‎ basket.



breadbasket (plural breadbaskets)

  1. A basket used for storing or carrying bread.
    • 1738, Leonhart Rauwolf [i.e. Leonhard Rauwolf]; Nicholas Staphorst, transl.; John Ray, “Of the Great Trading and Dealing of the City of Aleppo; as also of Several Sorts of Their Meats and Drinks, of Their Ceremonies, and Their Peculiar Way of Sitting Down at Meals”, in A Collection of Curious Travels and Voyages. Containing, Dr. Leonhart Rauwolf’s Journey into the Eastern Countries, viz. Syria, Palestine, or the Holy Land, Armenia, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Chaldea, &c. Translated from the Original High Dutch, by Nicholas Staphorst. And also, Travels into Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia Felix, Petræa, Ethiopia, the Red Sea, &c. Collected from the Observations of Mons. Belon, Prosper Alpinus, Dr. Huntingdon, Mr. Vernon, Sir George Wheeler, Dr. Smith, Mr. Greaves, and others. To which are Added Three Catalogues of such Trees, Shrubs, and Herbs, as Grow in the Levant. By the Rev. John Ray, F.R.S., volume II, 2nd corrected and improved edition, London: Printed for J. Walthoe [et al.], OCLC 751638134, page 73:
      In theſe eaſtern countries they eat upon the plain ground, and when it is dinner-time they ſpread a round piece of leather, and lay about it tapeſtry, and ſometimes cuſhions, whereupon they ſit croſs-leg'd before they begin to eat, [] At laſt they take up the leathern table with bread and all, which ſerveth them alſo inſtead of a table-cloth and bread-basket, they draw it together with a ſtring lik a purſe, and hang it up in the next corner.
    • 1834, [Joseph Rickerby], “The Arrival”, in The East Indians at Selwood; or, The Orphans’ Home, London: Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch Street, OCLC 122377343, page 16:
      One of the servants went to a bread-basket there, and finding the damask napkin eaten away, she was led to see if any mouse-holes were to be seen: for this purpose she removed the bread-basket, and behind it she saw a bundle of something that looked very like white cotton; she touched it, and out jumped the little dormouse.
    • 2012, María Dueñas; Elie Kerrigan, transl., The Heart has Its Reasons: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Atria Paperback, Simon & Schuster, ↑ISBN, page 176:
      Everything was impeccably organized for the dinner. Platters and salad bowls, bread baskets, pumpkin pies. The oven gave off a mouthwatering smell as we sat on a couple of high stools beneath the hanging pans.
  2. A region which has favourable conditions to produce a large quantity of grain or, by extension, other food products; a food bowl.
    Synonyms: granary
    • 1990, Joshua M. Epstein; Raj Gupta, Controlling the Greenhouse Effect: Five Global Regimes Compared (Brookings Occasional Papers), Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, ↑ISBN, page 7:
      [I]t is worth noting that if global warming produces a migration of the earth's breadbaskets, then it might damage one country's agriculture, while benefiting another's.
    • 1997, Peter Pigott, “C. D. Howe: Mister Trans-Canada Airlines”, in Flying Canucks II: Pioneers of Canadian Aviation, Toronto, Ont.; Headington, Oxford: Hounslow Press, ↑ISBN, pages 71–72:
      Canada at the turn of the century had become the breadbasket of the British Empire and industrialised Europe and wheat grown on the prairies was consolidated in elevator at Fort William, Ontario to await shipment overseas.
  3. (humorous) The abdomen or stomach, especially as a vulnerable part of the body in an attack.

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